Dogs are a massive part of many peoples lives. These cheerful canines bring great joy, fun and companionship, however owning a pet also brings worry and issues with old age and illness. Its hard to see your fury friend suffer with chronic illness, pain, discomfort and disease. Dogs are prone to many of the same ailments and diseases as us humans such as anxiety, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and general pain and discomfort. Many struggle to do basic activities like climbing stairs due to old age. Have you felt like there are only few ways to help them? Have you looked into trying CBD oil?
CBD (cannabidiol oil) is a liquid extracted from Hemp plants. Recently becoming well-known for its therapeutic qualities. Not to be confused with THC also found in Hemp but is known for its psychoactive elements. CBD will not get your pet high. It has been shown to have various positive effects, such as calming anxiety, pain relief and inflammation, and even lessoning frequency of seizures, aiding sleep and cancer.
After centuries of experimentation and use on humans, CBD oil has entered the animal market. It is very important that you should not give CBD with any THC in. At Running On Hempty our drops contain Zero THC.
The same as humans, CBD oil interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) this is in all mammal, it is responsible for the regulation of sleep, memory and immunity to disease. During this interaction, CBD and other cannibiniods develop a therapeutic effect, capable of treating ailments like seizures, chronic pain, joint pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression and even insomnia. It’s medical effects have been known for thousands of years in humans, its just been a matter of time before its come into the pet market.
Is it safe?
Like in humans, some doctors/vets question the effectiveness and side effects and because they would prefer scientific evidence and a hard fast dosage they shy away. Other however, are promoting this and encouraging patients and animal owner to try it. CBD oil is considered low risk and safe. Like any new substance you should do your homework and make sure the oil you buy is from a trusted supplier that have third party lab testing, making sure its extracted safely with no pesticides, metals and toxins and THC free. It can have the same very low side effects for some as in humans, too much can cause fatigue, dry mouth and a possible upset tummy. You need to find out the correct dosage but even a lethal overdose would not be a risk. You should chat with your vet if your dog takes any medication, same for humans as CBD could interact with those tablets.
The weight of your dog is very important in finding the right dosage as most methods rely on a number of mailgrams per a certain amount of weight.
In a 10 ml bottle of CBD oil there are 200 drops this means:
- in a 250 milligram strength bottle there is 1.25 milligrams per drop
- in a 500 milligram strength bottle there is 2.5 milligrams per drop
- in a 1000 milligram strength bottle there is 5 milligrams per drop.
For both cats and dogs a good rule of thumb is to start with 1-2 milligrams for every 10 pounds your pet weighs.
For example our dog Dotty is 70 pounds, if we wanted to give her 1mg for very 10 pounds of 250mg strength CBD oil, we should be giving her around 6 drops as 7mg divided by 1.25 is 5.6mg.
If we wanted to instead give her 2 milligrams per 10 pounds of 250mg strength CBD oil we should be giving her around 11 drops as 14mg divided by 1.25 is 11.2.
If we wanted to give her the 500mg strength CBD oil and give her 1 milligram per 10 pounds she should be getting around 3 drops as 7mg divided by 2.5 is 2.8.
here is the math:
For 250mg bottle of CBD oil
- (if wanting to give your dog 1mg) 1 milligrams for every 10lbs your dog weighs divided by 1.25
- (if wanting to give your dog 2mg) 2 milligrams for every 10lbs your dog weighs divided by 1.25
For 500mg bottle of CBD oil
- (if wanting to give your dog 1mg) 1 milligrams for every 10lbs your dog weighs divided by 2.5
- (if wanting to give your dog 2mg) 2 milligrams for every 10lbs your dog weighs divided by 2.5
The dosage will depend on what type of condition you are trying to treat. In general the CBD dosage will be lower if you are using the oil for therapeutic reasons such as anxiety, inflammation, and pain from injury. For medical purposes such as epilepsy or diabetes etc usually CBD is places under the tongue for faster absorption but this can be tricky with pets so putting in into their food is fine.
This can be dangerous. If your dog currently takes any other medication you must consult with a vet. some medicines have negative interactions with CBD oil. A vet will be able to which is safe to work with CBD oil. Organic CBD is best, it needs to be third party lab tested and free from pesticides, heavy metals and toxins, also check how it is it extracted, C02 extracted is best. This is only a guide and other suppliers may use different guides. You must check the product and consult a vet to check suitability.